Thai Healing Massage Academy | Thai Massage Online Courses

Learn Thai Massage

ONLINE

Convenient - Effective

Professional Training since 2001

Thai Healing Massage Academy logo
Avatar
Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Norico Cuevas' Thai Back Massage progress report
Avatar
Norico Cuevas
USA
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
July 18, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
July 31, 2019 - 1:27 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory

Module 1

It was a good review of scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis, and the connection between iliac bones and twisted spine.

Most of the reasons why my clients want massage is back pain. Smart phones, PC,  cooking, and giving massages for a long time...there are many factors that contributes the pain. I always ask what their job is. And most of the time, they use computer for their work. Even with the angled screen, they still get problems. I was told to advise clients to do smart phones with yoga Sphinx pause. 

Avatar
Norico Cuevas
USA
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
July 18, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
July 31, 2019 - 2:08 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory

Module 2

Thai massage can correct energy flow....

One time, I had a client who ever had had Thai massage before, but other type of massages.

After the session, she commented that

it was absolutely different experience. For other type of massage, when the massage is done, she would feel relaxed, like melting relax mode. But after the Thai massage, she got very energized, and her body felt very light. She became my regular client, and so did her daughter later on.

Avatar
Norico Cuevas
USA
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
July 18, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
August 5, 2019 - 7:04 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 3

Many people have come to get massage for upper back pain. Most of them spend a lot of time on computer. And mothers/ wives spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning have upper back pain, also, including me. And most of people do not notice how stiff their pecs are until I start stretch them.  

Thai massage is effective because I can press the tight spots in upper back while stretching the pec at the same time.

I sometimes have women whose breasts are very big. Should I place pillow underneath their stomach so that they have more room in the chest area? For those people , their stomach is usually big, too. There is massage table that has hole for the beats, but for Thai massage,  I just have to play with pillows to accommodate those people, or do side lying massage....

Avatar
Norico Cuevas
USA
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
July 18, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
August 5, 2019 - 7:54 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 4

 

When you do one side, the client should face the other side ( feels more natural), but hate to bother her/him.

This technique has been successful especially older clients.  There was one client, though, middle age, well built, though,, the rocking motion was not very effective (especially circular motion) as his body does not move with the motion. When the client is big and heavy and muscular, direct linear pressure with foot works the best from my experience. If there is any better way to do circular motion on such a client, i would like to know.

Avatar
Norico Cuevas
USA
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
July 18, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
August 5, 2019 - 8:40 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 5

Being a massage therapist is very rewarding, and at the same time, it is very hard. We do not use hand and fingers only at work, when we come home, our hands still have to work hard. Some need to cook for their families, some have to fix this and that around the house, using hammers. I agree that we really need to focus on taking care of our tools. Some clients request too much pressure, and make us feel like we are not good if we cannot meet their request. I learned to say NO to the request to protect my fingers and I use T-bar instead. Do you think using T-bars for Thai massage is a good option?

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7210
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
6
August 5, 2019 - 10:11 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Welcome to the Thai Back Massage certification program. It seems that you have it all figured out now, but still I always post a link to our certification checklist in the beginning of each thread to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification checklist

What to do about the prone position, especially when clients have big breasts or big bellies? We can help with cushions, but if the belly is too big, then it might just not be as comfortable for the client. The best solution I have found is what you can see in the video in this article:

Simulated Face Cradle In Thai Massage

Regarding the T-bars - I don't like them. They don't feel so good. Instead I prefer to use my elbows, knees and feet, which you will learn in this course. Also I sometimes use a 'Massage Hammer' which works quite well for me. You can also see in this video what this is all about:

Tools In Thai Massage

Avatar
Norico Cuevas
USA
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
July 18, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
7
August 12, 2019 - 6:47 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 6

Glute work is one of my favorite work both to give and receive. I quite often have male clients who keeps their boxer type underwears on, and cannot massage their glutes with oil. For those people, these techniques are good alternative. 

Also, going over their body without stopping rocking motion is something new to me. Should I apply it to other parts of back massage, or is it usually for glutes only?

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7210
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
8
August 13, 2019 - 1:32 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

This fluidity and the seamless transitions apply to the entire back and to other areas of the body as well, whenever possible.

Avatar
Norico Cuevas
USA
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 8
Member Since:
July 18, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
9
August 24, 2019 - 7:18 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 7

I always use similar techniques from this module. So, it was great to reenforce the technique. 

I found that a lot of middle aged people and up have tightness in this area including me. I understand that as you get older, the cushion in joints decrease, and muscles have more direct impact. I was thinking about doing some research about shoes with good cushions to help these symptoms. And also some Yoga movements.

When a client feels a lot of pain ( I mean extreme pain comes from tightness), do not simply avoid touching the area, but use very gentle pressure and massage (rocking is the best),,,,is my understating correct?? 

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7210
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10
August 25, 2019 - 1:01 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Actually shoes with a lot of cushioning don't necessarily help because they can deprive the feet of their natural function - using their muscles to adjust to ground conditions and maintaining the balance of the body. "Supportive" shoes can become crutches instead of solutions. That's a whole separate topic which I have covered in great detail in our Thai Foot Massage course, including what problems the wrong shoes can cause and how to remedy that.

Your understanding is correct - when you encounter very sensitive areas, you lighten your pressure and/or switch to rocking techniques which are gentler by nature.

Forum Timezone: Asia/Tbilisi
Most Users Ever Online: 86
Currently Online:
5
Guest(s)
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Top Posters:
mwisdom: 186
DKThai: 174
Karin Secrest: 115
Cindy Gogan: 86
Kathy McChesney: 84
jurasan: 82
Newest Members:
Danielle Anderson
FSO
Riko
AlyssaJohnson
jack calish
Sara John
Forum Stats:
Groups: 1
Forums: 7
Topics: 1147
Posts: 17397

 

Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 5
Members: 848
Moderators: 0
Admins: 1
Administrators: Shama Kern